Chrisanthi Xopapa

Chrisanthi and friends on their first day trip - the beginning of a journey full of happy, emotional and amazing moments!

Chrisanthi and friends on their first day trip – the beginning of a journey full of happy, emotional and amazing moments!

Christanthi studied abroad in Bordeaux, France and is currently finishing her studies at the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece.

Where do you go to school?

Athens University of Economics and Business

When and where did you study abroad?

Spring 2013: Boredeaux,France

What was the BEST part about studying abroad?

The best part was the experience of living alone for the first time and meeting new people from all over the world. Also, I’ve always wanted to study in France, as I love the culture, the people and the French way of life!

What did you learn about the rest of the world from studying abroad? What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

I became familiar with many different cultures, not only on the surface, but as a part of my everyday life. I also had the chance to improve my English and learn some other languages too. During my time abroad, I realized that the world is so small, and if there is a will, you can limit distances and make anywhere feel like home!

What was your BIGGEST challenge while studying abroad and how did you manage to handle it?

My biggest challenge was the fact that I had to live alone not only in a new country, but also in a new home.I was still living with my parents up until I went abroad, so you can imagine my happiness and also my fear the first day I found myself in my own apartment! In the beginning, I experienced some issues (cleaning, always forgetting my key,etc.), but with the help of my friends (and a lot of wine), I overcame them!

How did studying abroad change your life?

The courses at the university were VERY different than the one at my home institution. I improved my communicative skills and I learned to create more organized presentations in a very short period of time. Also, after six months of studying at Bordeaux Management School, I now can handle my stage fear!

I believe that all these things helped me, not only in my future career, but also in my everyday life! :)

What are your future plans?

At the moment, I am in the last year of my studies in management. I am not sure about my future career plans yet, but I would love to work in a wine & spirits department because after living in Bordeaux I became a huge fan!

What’s your BEST piece of advice for someone who is thinking about studying abroad?

I definitely recommend studying abroad to EVERYONE! It is really the only way to think outside the box and live life to the fullest!

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